Measuring student behaviour dynamics in a large interactive classroom setting

TitleMeasuring student behaviour dynamics in a large interactive classroom setting
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsVasileios Triglianos, Sambit Praharaj, Cesare Pautasso, Alessandro Bozzon, and Claudia Hauff
Conference Name25th International Conference on User Modelling, Adaption and Personalisation (UMAP 2017)
Conference LocationBratislava, Slovakia

Digital devices (most often laptops and smartphones), though desired tools by students in a higher education classroom, have in the past been shown to serve more as distractors than supporters of learning. One of the reasons is the often undirected nature of the devices' usage. With our work we aim to turn students' digital devices into teaching and communication tools by seamlessly interleaving lecture material and complex questions in the students' browser through ASQ, a Web application for broadcasting and tracking interactive presentations. ASQ's fine-grained logging abilities allow us to track second by second to what extent students are engaging with ASQ which in turn enables insights into student behaviour dynamics. This setup enables us to conduct ``in situ'' experiments. Based on the logs collected in a longitudinal study over a ten week period across 14 lectures with more than 300 students, we investigate (i) to what extent ASQ can be reliably employed to assess attention and learning in the classroom, and (ii) whether different in-class question spacing strategies impact student learning and engagement.

Citation Keyasq:2017:umap
Refereed DesignationRefereed